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Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund (CYLF) 2020: Applications are open [rolling basis]

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 2, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2020
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One Young World has launched the first global fund for young leaders working on the front lines of COVID-19.

The fund is the first of its kind for young leaders who are addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and United Way.

One Young World believes that young leaders are part of the most connected, informed, and resourceful generation in human history.

Their capacity for innovation, understanding of digital tools and high levels of social responsibility make them a powerful actor in addressing any humanitarian challenge, especially this pandemic.

Young leaders get results – activities led by the One Young World Community alone have directly impacted 26 million people since 2010.

Funding Information
You should apply for funding to ensure that your work can be completed safely and efficiently.
One Young World recommends that you apply for between $2,500 – $10,000 USD.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Focused on the SDG’s with a clear connection to combatting Covid-19, for example:
> SDG 3: producing medical supplies to tackle the infection or symptoms of the virus
> SDG 4: providing resources to disadvantaged children to support the continuation of education during school closures
> SDG 5: protecting victims of domestic violence during lockdown
> SDG 6: providing sanitation resources to help prevent the spread of the virus
> SDG 8: creating work for unemployed persons in vital sectors.
2. All countries around the world;
3. Producing direct, quantifiable impact;
4. Apolitical in nature;
5. Impacting >500 people directly;
6. Focussed on assisting the most vulnerable in society;
7. Operational (or ready to start within 3 weeks of application submission);
8. Founded and/or managed by young leaders (aged approximately 18-35);
9. Applications must be submitted in the English language to be reviewed;
10. Operating in accordance with WHO’s scientific guidance.

Utilize This Offer

The Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund is established to fund initiatives from young leaders around the world which are directly battling the Coronavirus pandemic with tangible front-line results.

From producing face masks and providing hand sanitizer in remote areas, to provide tech to community health workers, to ensuring refugee communities can access government health advice – the Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund welcomes a variety of solutions from all walks of life.

The average grant size distributed by the CYLF is $6,000 USD.

The CYLF aims to support initiatives which are already established.
This is to ensure that funds can be used quickly and effectively, and directly on the pandemic.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 02
Jul 02

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jul 03
Jul 03

Thanks, Ana.